Eminem and his Shady Records artist Yelawolf grace the cover of the year-end issue of VIBE magazine. The other cover has T.I. on it which will be released in the coming days. Below is an excerpt from the issue.
Eminem, what advice do you offer, if any, on being scrutinized for being a white rapper. Do you guys ever talk about race in that way?
Eminem: We make jokes about it, but I donít think we talk about it in depth. As I was listening to his music, I am not even thinking about any of that shit. Itís just the music. Thatís one of the things thatís great about it. Iím not even thinking about it when I hear the music.
Yelawolf: We do poke fun of it because itís funny. Like, he calls me White Dog.
You mentioned getting yourself right. Are you completely clean these days as far as alcohol and drugs?
EM: Except for the heroin I shot up this morning. Except for that, Iím clean. [Laughs]
While youíre clean, Yelawolf here smokes weed andó
Yelawolf: No, I donít.
I hear that in your music a lot.
YW: I started smoking weed at 11. By 12, I was smoking dust. Thirteen, acid, Freon, special k, mushrooms; 16 years old, I was selling X pills at school. Not even because I was a good dope boy, but because I was a scumbag. It was called chocolate chip, and it had heroin in it. I used to take that shit and go to class. I went so heavy into drugs that I had a bad trip one time that lasted for months.
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